I was watching the news this morning and a story came on about a French woman who had killed 8 of her newborn babies by wrapping them in plastic. The reason? She didn’t believe in birth control so she had to kill the babies she didn’t want.
What struck me is that everyone saw this as an isolated case – which is exactly how it should be seen. It isn’t representative of French culture or customs. But then I wondered what the reactions would have been if the woman had been a French Muslim. Probably people would have started wondering what in Islam made her do this; what in the Qur’an justifies this; and what is Islam’s stance on birth control anyway? If she had been Arab it would have been even worse: why are Arabs so brutal and violent? Something like this would never happen in the civilized world. If only Arabs would let go of their barbaric traditions and beliefs, such as infanticide and not using birth control.
Why is it that when one Muslim does something, we all have to answer for it? Why do I have to explain honour killings and polygamy? I don’t believe in either of those things that are practiced by a minority of Muslims, and yet I seem to be judged based on things like that a lot.
The media has really made it so that Muslims appear to be this monolithic whole that are responsible for each other and think alike. It’s really starting to get annoying. Why can’t honour killings be seen as isolated incidents? Why are they seen as representative of a whole people and religion? Grrrr!